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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Toby and Rosie’s Carnival Wedding Photo by Peter Diakonikolis

Ah I am so happy we made it through the first week of our new site relatively unscathed! We still have a few bugs to iron out and a few features to launch but I think I slept soundly for the first time in a year this week! This weekend is action packed with a certain polka dot team member celebrating her baby shower!

Isabella from Design Me Vintage joined us for her Expert Interview on Polka Dot Wisdom and showcased her unique and lovely bouquets

Nerida from Nerida McMurray Photography tells us about how rain on your wedding day can make for the most beautiful shots on Polka Dot Wisdom

Want to get the most out of your engagement shoot? This Wisdom post is for you!

Alicia from Akimbo shows us how to add a sweet charm to your wedding bouquet tie on Polka Dot Made

Sarah gives us some really inspired ideas for wedding gifts on Polka Dot Weddings- check it out if you’re stuck for that perfect gift

Holli, Tom and their little girl Poppy get married in a relaxed and cosy DIY wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Toby and Rosie celebrate their fun wedding with a polka dot dress and a carnival feel on Polka Dot Weddings

And prepare to feel polka dottie with envy when you read about Monaliz and James’ Tahitian and American honeymoon on Polka Dot Honeymoons

Around the wedding world this week….

White Room Events in Adelaide are holding a special event for photographers. A group event where the White Room team style up some beautiful settings, invite you to photograph them while networking and meeting with other photographers. Places are limited so check out their blog entry for more information.

Have you signed up to the Polka Dot newsletter yet? We’re launching in a little while and can’t wait to get you even more inspired goodness into your inboxes! Sign up here.

Finally for our video this week, I have the gorgeous stop motion save the date video from Anitra and Ben (remember their fabulous engagement party?) I love it!


Have a wonderful weekend! See you back bright and early Monday morning for another Polka Dot Bride week!

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Wedding Hair Inspiration – Sleek And Stylish Up Do’s

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty


We’re ending off our afternoon with some hair inspiration for the brides who are looking for a sleek and stylish up do! There’s something beautifully classic about a no frills, sleek, straight styled up-do. From a classic chignon to a straight, slicked back bun. It’s the perfect hairstyle for when you want the focus of your “look” to be on your gown or your jewels, but looks gorgeous with a sweet headband or flowers too.


Alice & Adam’s Wedding Photo by SugarLove Weddings

Letizia and Hunter’s Wedding Photo by Todd Hunter McGaw

Edwina and Daniel’s Wedding Photo by Jonas Peterson

Sandy and Ben’s Wedding Photo by Nerida McMurray

Emma and Nick’s Wedding Photo by Lana Bell

Benay and Peter’s Wedding Photo by Sheila Higgins

Vanessa and Chris’ Wedding Photo by Kit Haselden

Nicola and Steven’s Wedding Photo by Michelle Fiona Photography

Carly and Gary’s Wedding Photo by Matt Reed

Elizabeth and Andrew’s Wedding photo by Louisa Bailey

Cassie and Tony’s Wedding Photo by Calli B Photography

Photo from Amy and Jeremy’s Wedding Photo by Natasja Kremers Photography

Are you wearing your hair in an up do? How do you plan to style it?

Intimate Romance Inspiration Shoot

by | Bride, Inspiration Shoot, Wedding Inspiration


Fancy an intimate wedding for two? Just you and your loved one? With a decadent dinner, a beautiful setting and a ceremony just for two? That’s the inspiration behind today’s gorgeous “Intimate Romance” wedding inspiration shoot put together by a creative group of Sydney wedding professionals. The team says “For this shoot we were inspired to create an atmosphere of intimate, luxurious romance within the gorgeous grounds of Bells Killcare. Taking cues from the elegant styling of the venue, a concept of an intimate wedding for two was created. A couple so in love they have left the rest of the world behind to escape and be married. Just the two of them.”

The team behind today’s shoot? The shoot took place at Bells At Killcare. Photography by Milton Gan, styling by Oscar & Ruby, gowns from Savvy Brides, marquees and furniture from Splendid Days, jewellery by Samantha Wills, flowers by Aleksandra, makeup by Makeup By Megan, hair by Tobi Henney Make-up and Hair, Stationery by Rachel Lintin, cakes by Sweet Bloom Cakes, shoes & hairpiece by Cinderella Bella and models were Izi Simundic and Shane Foreman.

“The jewellery that we were fortunate enough to use is from the new line of bridal pieces by Samantha Wills. The perfect luxurious accessories for our bride, the pieces speak to old world charm, romance and glamour.”

“The stationery by Rachel Lintin features a love note and map from the groom to be. Inviting his beloved to a private wedding for two.”

“In keeping with the decadent theme, the bride wore luxurious and embellished designer gowns from Savvy Brides and stunning jeweled shoes and headpiece from Cinderella Bella.”

“The table dressed with decadence for two, features all the trimmings of a traditional wedding. His and her mini cakes by Sweet Bloom Cakes and delicious small sputini plates featuring items from the menu such as cured ocean trout rotolo and fish crudo with citrus from the Bells at Killcare restaurant ensure that this couple experience all the best parts of a wedding. Just minus the guests!”

“TIP: Polkadot bride readers can steal this look by asking their venue to dress the bridal table with luxurious place settings just for them. Couples can source their own vintage plates/cutlery napkins etc (even raid your own cupboards!). This could be challenging to do for 100 guests, but achievable when providing for the bridal party only.”

“The floral work by Aleksandra incorporated an abundance of freshly bloomed camellias. In shades of white, red and pink the same flower was used consistently throughout to balance the use of pattern in the place settings and marquee.”

“As the sun sets on our couples big day they move out to the tea marquee, an enchanting and elegant space built for two, as supplied by Splendid Days. Lusciously draped, this captivating couple’s retreat is a haven for intimacy and romance. With a sophisticated and sumptuous charm, it holds all a couple requires by way of pitted linen ottomans, detailed oak chairs, luxurious throws, variety of stunning cushions and assorted details to complement the colour palette.”

“TIP: The tea marquee and all of the related furniture and accessory pieces can be utilized at weddings as a luxurious, yet comfortable shaded retreat for guests to relax and take in the atmosphere with a glass of champagne!”

Venue at Bells At Killcare. Photography by Milton Gan, styling by Oscar & Ruby, gowns from Savvy Brides, marquees and furniture from Splendid Days, jewellery by Samantha Wills, flowers by Aleksandra, makeup by Makeup By Megan, hair by Tobi Henney Make-up and Hair, Stationery by Rachel Lintin, cakes by Sweet Bloom Cakes, shoes & hairpiece by Cinderella Bella and models were Izi Simundic and Shane Foreman.

Anwyn and Marcus’ Classic Australian Country Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


Anwyn and Marcus

To cap today off – we have the most gorgeous country, at home wedding – but this time we have  headed South, it’s in Victoria! There is a sense of history to today’s wedding – the historical venue, the special place amongst the sun dried grass. It’s the kind of Australia that holds a special place in my heart.

Anwyn explains how she met Marcus. “We met on a night out in the city, both out on guys/ girls nights respectively. We spotted each other across the room, stared at each other for a couple of hours and by midnight went our separate ways with the others’ phone number.”

Annevi Petersson took today’s photographs. I love Annevi’s captures of the atmosphere – the old candlesticks, the golden rolling hills and the couple who are so deeply in love, all pulled together to tell one beautiful story.

The group traveled from Melbourne and stayed at the Euroa Butter Factory where they also got ready for the wedding.

There was just a little hiccup in the day. Anywn explains, “A very funny ‘almost disaster’ moment was when my step dad returned from taking Annevi to where the boys were supposed to be getting ready, to say that the groomsmen still hadn’t arrived and Marcus was in hospital! Everyone immediately erupted with “SHHHH! She isn’t supposed to know!” I found it amusing as I knew it wasn’t serious (he had had an infected finger for a couple of days) and I knew the boys could pretty quickly throw on a suit and be ready to go. I kept forgetting about Marcus’ sore finger during the ceremony and in my nervousness kept squeezing his sore hand, which as a good new husband he bravely endured hehe…”

Bernadette Fisers styled the makeup for the girls.

Anwyn chose a strapless gown from Mark Holt Bridal in Sydney, where she grew up and her parents still live. Cecilia Fox created the luscious floral arrangements for the day

The ceremony was held on Marcus’ family farm. Anwyn explains “Our ceremony was held outdoors on ‘the top hill’ of Akoonah, Marcus’s family farm near Euroa, Victoria. It’s our sanctuary from our normally busy city lives and we often walk to the top hill in the evenings; it’s where we got engaged! It has family history too as one of the earliest photos of all of Marcus’s brothers (he’s one of four) and his father is taken on the same hill. The weather held out beautifully, staying warm and sunny until 7pm when everyone was indoors at the reception. Relief!”

Anwyn walked down the aisle to Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Bella’. She explains “In a nice coincidence, my parents are friends with the Stone family in the Northern Beaches of Sydney!

I expected to be so nervous that I didn’t really enjoy this part of the day but it was amazing… Our celebrant advised against a practice ‘walk down the aisle’ and this was excellent advice as every moment was very raw and real, heartfelt and incredibly emotional. It wasn’t at all rehearsed or staged and I’ve heard from friends and family that they all felt the emotion too!”

Anwyn says “The hill on the farm will always be ‘our’ special place and somewhere we will always be able to visit.”

Anwyn describes the day as “Relaxed, gorgeous, surrounded by our favourite people in one of our favourite places in the world.”

One of Anwyn’s favourite memories is bringing family together. ” My family have been split in half since I was very young; this was really the first everyone has been together at an event like this in almost 30 years which was very special for me. I never thought it’d actually happen!”

Anwyn’s bridesmaids wore gown ins shades of dusky pink from Carla Zampatti and Bianca Spender.

Of photographer Annevi, Anwyn says, “Annevi was perfect; she is both a fabulous photographer as well as a great friend. We met years ago in Design college and from there she went on to study & become a successful photographer and return to her native Sweden. She travelled all the way back to Oz for our wedding which was very special.”

Anwyn and Marcus’ rings were from Keshett Jewellery.

Anwyn and Marc held their reception at a private barn (Killeen Barn) next door to their farm and had it catered and coordinated by Plunkett Fowles. Anwyn says “Our reception was held on the farm next door in a stunning old barn. Plunkett Fowles were AMAZING coordinating the reception and providing catering. We are both foodies so fabulous food and wine were very important to us and Plunkett Fowles delivered, even more impressive as they were working away from a kitchen in less than perfect conditions (squeezed into an old horse stable to avoid the pouring rain)!”

Anwyn owns Songbird Design and created the stationery herself. A lot of the decorating was done by family & friends. “We did our own wedding stationery, table decorations, hay bale seating, directional signage and most of the native flowers and proteas were grown on the property and arranged by mums, cousins and aunties.”

The wedding cake was handmade. Anwyn remarks, “Marcus’s Auntie Rosie made our beautiful wedding cake, Kahlua caramel mud on the bottom and traditional fruit cake on the top layer.”

For the first dance, Anwyn recalls, “Marcus prefers the classics when it comes to music, so we selected Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together. We didn’t have any lessons but had fun attempting Marcus’s ‘signature dance floor twirl’ in my wedding dress – he did manage to step on it once or twice!” Top Dog Entertainment provided the music.

Congratulations Anwyn and Marcus! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us on Polka Dot Bride! Thank you also to Annevi Petersson for sharing the captures of the day!

Photos by Annevi Petersson

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